Golf is a popular sport played by millions of people throughout the world. The object of the game is to take the fewest number of hits to get the golf ball from the tee into the hole using a variety of different clubs. Unlike other sports, golf is not played on a standardized field. The game is played on a golf course, which are all designed differently. If you have ever wanted to know which gold course is the oldest in the world, keep reading to find out.
What is the oldest golf course in the world?
The modern game of golf originated out of Scotland in the 15th century and it only makes sense that the oldest course is located in this country. The oldest golf course is the Old Course at St Andrews, better known as simply St Andrews. The first evidence of golf being played in this area was in 1552 and the first written record dates to 1574. However, documents from the time of King James IV show the king purchased golf clubs here in 1506 and this means that the course could be much older than first thought.
Did you know?
The layout of St Andrews was not officially designed, but developed slowly over the years. It wasn’t until sometime around 1863 that the current 18 hole layout was completed.
St Andrews is one of the golf courses that hosts The Open Championship (also known as the British Open). This tournament is the oldest major golf championship. As of 2011, St Andrews has hosted The Open Championship 28 times.
There are now 7 public golf courses on the site. The latest course, called the Castle Course, opened to the public in 2008.